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article imageWizards vs Aliens gets third season, enters production

By Mathew Wace Peck     Mar 5, 2014 in Entertainment
A third season of a Russell T Davies-created science-fiction/fantasy series has been green-lit by the BBC, to begin filming in April.
Wizards Vs Aliens was launched in 2012. It was ordered as a replacement to another Davies-created show, the popular science-fiction series The Sarah Jane Adventures, which came to an end after five seasons after the unexpected death of its eponymous star, Elisabeth Sladen.
At its launch, Wizards Vs Aliens was described as “Doctor Who meets Harry Potter,” combining, as it does, science-fiction and magic. Season 2 followed in October 2013.
Speaking to Doctor Who Magazine in 2012, Davies said, “Let’s face it, if the doors of the Great hall of Hogwarts opened to reveal a Dalek army, our heads would explode with joy!”
Among many things, Davies has long been associated with the world-wide success of Doctor Who, being the person responsible for the relaunch, in 2005, of the long-running science-fiction series. Other TV dramas created by him include Queer as Folk, Bob & Rose, The Second Coming, Torchwood, Casanova and the upcoming Cucumber.
The series stars Scott Haran (Upstairs, Downstairs) as schoolboy wizard Tom and Percelle Ascott (Youngers) as his geeky best friend, Benny.
As reported by Prolific North, Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC, said of the show, “Wizards Vs Aliens [...] vivid and brave and our audience loves the portrayal of loyal friendship alongside exciting alien battles and stunning wizardry.”
Wizards Vs Aliens is a co-production between BBC Cymru Wales and FremantleMedia Enterprises, co-created by Russell T Davies and Phil Ford for CBBC. Ford is a prolific television writer who has worked on Coronation Street, Bad Girls, Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet, a series based on the 1960s original, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.
Season 3 will be executive-produced by Phil Ford and Nikki Wilson (Doctor Who) for BBC Wales and Sue Nott (M.I. High) for CBBC.
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